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Johnny Depp, who took audiences inside the world of Hunter S. Thompson in 1998's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, returns to that warped paradise again this week.

The Oscar winner stars in The Rum Diary, based on Thompson's novel by the same name and centered around a journalist named Paul Kemp (a.k.a. Thompson).

Depp recently took THG's partner site, Movie Fanatic, on a journey to the alcohol-soaked paradise in Puerto Rico ... not literally, sadly. But he talked all about it.

This is a special film for Depp, who found the manuscript for what would be one of Thompson's final books, and for whom portraying his close friend is a true honor.

Watch The Rum Diary trailer below, then follow the link for Movie Fanatic's one-on-one interview with Johnny Depp himself, the actor who carries on Hunter's legacy ...

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In the wake of Robert Pattinson hinting that a music career might be in his future, Johnny Depp has sent out a challenge to the Twilight Saga star: you aren't the only actor who can jam!

The star, who next appears in The Rum Diary, stopped by the Continental Club in Austin, Texas and shocked attendees by playing a 90-minute set with ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons and musician Bill Carter. As you might expect, the crowd went absolutely wild.

Watch now:

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With a brief personal scandal behind him, Johnny Depp can now return to what he does best: portray unique character on the big screen. From Captain Jack Sparrow to Sweeney Todd, no one does it better.

Up next, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-winning actor will anchor a live action movie about the life of iconic children's author Dr. Seuss. It's unknown what form the film will take, but Depp has "the potential to star as Seuss," the article reads.

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Born Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss' best well-known books include “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,” “Horton Hears a Who!” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

As for Depp, he'll star in The Rum Diary, which hits theaters on October 28.

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Johnny Depp is very sorry.

The Oscar-winning actor has moved quickly in response to the latest issue of Vanity Fair, in which he says that taking part in a magazine photo shoot is akin to being raped. Says the actor in a statement released today:

Vanity Fair Spread

“I am truly sorry for offending anyone in any way. I never meant to. It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling. I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful. In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology.”

After excerpts from interview were released, RAINN offered to educate Depp on just why his comparison was so off-base and insensitive.

Do you agree? Do you think an apology was necessary?

 

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He may get away with saying almost anything as Captain Jack Sparrow, but Johnny Depp is at the center of a controversy due to remarks he makes in the latest issue of Vanity Fair.

In an interview with the magazine, the actor expresses his disdain for photo shoots by comparing them to rape, actually reiterating that word for emphasis.

Johnny Depp Vanity Fair Cover

In response, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) has issued the statement:

"While photos may feel at times intrusive, being photographed in no way compares to rape - a violent crime which affects another American every 2 minutes. RAINN welcomes the opportunity to speak with Mr. Depp and educate him about the real life experiences faced by survivors every day, and ways that he can work with RAINN to help."

Do you think Depp should apologize for his word choice?

 


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If he had to do it again, we're guessing Johnny Depp would choose his words more carefully.

But the actor is asked about being the subject of photo shoots in the latest issue of Vanity Fair and responds:

"You just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped. The whole thing. It feels like a kind of weird - just weird, man... Whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it’s like - you just feel dumb. It’s just so stupid.”

Johnny Depp in Vanity Fair

The iconic star - who will next be seen this winter in The Rum Diary, the trailer for which you can watch HERE - is also one of the busier actors in Hollywood. Why? Because he has a family and the studios pay him so damn much!

“Basically, if they’re going to pay me the stupid money right now, I’m going to take it," Depp says. "I have to. I mean, it’s not for me. Do you know what I mean? At this point, it’s for my kids. It’s ridiculous, yeah, yeah. But ultimately is it for me? No. No. It’s for the kids.”

For more from Depp, pick up this issue of Vanity Fair when it goes on sale this Thursday.

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Note to John Mayer: get your own look!

The irritating artist was spotted out this week in an ensemble that eerily resembles the typical fashion choices of Johnny Depp: facial hair in specific spots, a fedora, a shirt.

Depp, whose latest movie trailer has been released, is yet to comment. But we'd like to hear from THG readers. What do you think of this blatant ganking? And who wears this fashion statement the best?

Fashion Face-Off!

One of these men is Johnny Depp. The other is trying to look like Johnny Depp. Which do you prefer? View Poll »

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Johnny Depp is set to enter the crazy world of Hunter S. Thompson once again.

The Oscar winner, who brought the late author's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to the big screen in 1998, will do the same on October 28 for The Rum Diary. The movie is based on Thompson's novel by the same name and focuses on a journalist named Paul Kemp.

He encounters a dangerous, alcohol-soaked paradise in Puerto Rico, as teased in the first official trailer for the film, which also stars Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, and Amaury Nolasco. Check it out now.

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Money speaks louder than critics.

While most vehemently disliked Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the film did gross over $1 billion at the global box office. Naturally, this has sparked talk of yet another installment, with sources telling The Wrap Johnny Depp is close to signing on.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is reportedly revising a script as we type.

Captain Jack Sparrow Picture

Back in January, Depp said he'd be up for a fifth turn as Captain Jack Sparrow “as long as we can put all the puzzle pieces together." If those pieces are a contract and a script, they are most definitely coming together.

So, we hope, is another Michael Bolton tribute to the sea-faring hero.

Would you go see Pirates of the Caribbean 5?

 

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A pair of acting heavyweights celebrate birthdays today.

First, Captain Jack Sparrow himself turns 48. Arguably the greatest actor of his generation - aka The Anti-Jennifer Love Hewitt - Johnny Depp most recently anchored Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and will next be seen in The Rum Diary.

Natalie Portman, meanwhile, turns 30. The reigning Best Actress starred in Thor this summer and does not have a new film in production.

Send in your best birthday wishes to these A-listers now!

  • Johnny Depp in Cannes
  • Natalie Portman at the Academy Awards

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